In 2011, Tropical Storm Lee moved through the area causing widespread flooding and devastation. Then last year Hurricane Sandy's effects included extended local power outages. In July, during the week of the Troy Fair, tornadoes touched down leaving buildings destroyed, trees uprooted and events cancelled. They are but three examples. It seems as though severe weather events are becoming more and more common. We can't stop the possibilities, but we can learn to be more prepared.

Today ends national "Severe Weather Preparedness Week." It was a good time for people all across the country to think about what to do in case of a weather emergency. Many tornado and severe weather drills took place, including locally.

To the Troy School District's credit, students there experienced their first "weather drill." Instead of filing outside of the building like they would for familiar fire drills, they were guided to the basement. The students were instructed to group closely together. Some teachers even stressed the importance of the drill by adding a kid-friendly directive, saying it didn't matter if they didn't like the person they were next to.

All schools, workplaces and families should practice and prepare.